Boxers Can Adjust to Delhi’s Pollution for Some Days: Mary Kom
Mary believes that foreign boxers ‘should be able to adjust for a few days’ during the World Championships in Delhi.
Delhi's toxic air has left some women boxers gathered in the national capital for the AIBA World Championships gasping for breath, but Indian star Mary Kom believes that they “should be able to adjust for a few days.”
Five-time world champions and Olympic bronze medallist Mary will be spearheading India's 10-member contingent at the Championships, starting 15 November.
We too have faced so many difficulties not just in India. Other countries might be facing a problem with the pollution. When we go abroad for the World Championships, it’s around the same time in November, and the weather is chilled and it’s snowing. We too face that, and even catch colds.Mary Kom
Boxers from around 12 nations arrived in the capital seven days prior to the start of the tournament.
“Acclimatisation is very important for us. Those arriving earlier will adjust to this weather better, and those reaching a bit later might have a problem. Hence, it’s important to reach for tournaments at least 5-10 days earlier to adjust to the climate,” said Mary.
'Magnificent Mary', who won a gold the last time New Delhi hosted a world championship in 2006, said, “It’s not just that other countries are facing the problem of pollution in India, we too have faced so many difficulties. So the other boxers too will adjust for a few days.”
India’s biggest medal hope at the Championships, Mary said that all the boxers were doing their best ahead of the tournaments, and asked for the country’s love and support so they could “give their best fight.”
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